Bear River Migratory Refuge
Antelope Island State Park
Antelope Island is a 42 square mile island, mostly of alluvial plains with prairie grassland. It’s the biggest island in the Great Salt Lake, and part of Utah’s State Parks, it was named for the pronghorn antelope found there where it was explore for the first time. Today is home for many species of animals, including mammals, birds, reptiles and many more. The bison is the most abundant animal in the island, but they were introduce in 1893.
I visited the island the same day I went to the refuge, during the afternoon. Like in Bear River Refuge, there were a lot of insects at the moment we visit. This time, not only midge flies but mosquitos and biting gnats too. They even can be noticed in some photographs. This prevented us to get out of the car and walk some trails. We didn’t knew this in advance, that’s why we weren’t well prepared for it. But the island is also a beautiful place, with stunning scenic views of the reflecting waters of the Great Salt Lake, other islands and the Wasatch Mountains in the background. In a two to three hours ride we saw some wildlife, and made a quick walk at the beach (yes! with all the insects around us). I wish I can go back and spend a complete day there without any insects.